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Date
30-Jun-18

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Shahzaib Khalid
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PACRA Maintains Stability Rating of NAFA Government Securities Savings Fund

Rating Type Stability Rating
Current
(30-Jun-18)
Previous
(12-Jul-17)
Action Maintain Maintain
Long Term AA-(f) AA-(f)
Short Term - -
Outlook Stable Stable
Rating Watch - -

The objective of the fund is to provide competitive return from a low credit risk portfolio by investing primarily in Government Securities.

The rating reflects the fund's strong credit profile emanating from its investment policy to invest at least 70% in Government Securities (PIBs, T-bills) and remaining investments will be in bank deposits and money market placements etc. At end-Dec 17, 73% of the fund’s assets were invested in Government securities, all T-Bills. The remaining assets of the fund were invested with banks as banking deposits with majorly 'A+' and above. On monthly average basis, the duration of the fund was 8 days in Dec-17. The unit holding pattern of the fund is concentrated with top10 investors representing 80% of the fund's assets, (of which ~54% are owned investments) which exposes the fund to a low level of redemption pressure.
Going forward, the rating remains dependent on maintaining at least 70% allocation towards government securities with portfolio duration not exceeding 2 years. PACRA would monitor compliance against agreed parameters on monthly average basis.

About the Entity
NBP Fund Management Limited (Formerly: NBP Fullerton Asset Management Limited), established in 2005, is licensed by Securities and Exchange Commission (SECP) to carry out asset management and investment advisory business. NBP is the largest shareholder of the AMC with a stake of ~54%, followed by Alexandra Fund Management Pte. Ltd ~36% stake. The CEO of NBP Fund, Dr. Amjad Waheed, also holds a stake of 10% in the company.

Company nine-member Board of Directors comprise the company’s CEO, three representatives of NBP, two representatives of FFMG and three independent directors. During the year Mr. Mudassir Husain Khan and Mr. Tariq Jamali joined the company’s board as a Non-Executive directors, both are the representatives of the bank. The company is currently managing a diversified fund slate of twenty funds in the categories of asset allocation, income, equity and money market.

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